“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:3, NIV).
WHEN YOUNG husband tearfully told me about his wife’s infidelity, he was devastated; sitting next to him, with a hand on his knee and anguish reflected on her face, his wife, with deep sadness, merely exclaimed, “Forgive me, I don’t know how it happened.” It seemed to me that her attitude was sincere; she looked distressed and did not know what to do in the face of what now seemed irreparable. The process was difficult and long until forgiveness and reconciliation were successfully reached.
Sometimes we get unintentionally into irreparable situations, because we neglect the avenues of the soul. Evil is sometimes insinuated so subtly that it’s easy for us to fall into the same trap Eve fell for when facing the tree that God had forbidden. She lacked experience to discover the hidden intentions of the great enemy of the souls, who had personified himself as a serpent. Instead of Seeing immediately or completely staying away from the tree, or at least not going there alone, Eve began to dialogue with the devil and was overcome by her emotions and the desires that the thought of enjoying the forbidden fruit awakened in her. “Besetting sins are to be conquered and evil habits overcome. Wrong dispositions and feelings are to be rooted out and holy tempers and emotions begotten in us by the Spirit of Gob” (Mind, Character and Personality, vol. 2, ch. 64, p. 600).
With God and through prayer, let’s develop emotional and spiritual intelligence to know how to distinguish evil when we face it. Only then we All be able to flee, no matter how attractive seduction seems to us. Let’s have a clinical eye to discover someone’s bad intentions, even if they are cloaked in an innocent invitation. Temptation is insinuated and seeks to touch the weakest part of our lives. Let’s be aware of it and, in humble supplication, subject it to God’s will, submitting our sinful desires.
Today’s verse exhorts us to have insight and to go beyond what’s in front of our eyes; it calls us to know how to discern what goes far beyond a superficial look. if we don’t do this, we may stumble. We may even fall in the deep waters of the sin of adultery and drown, losing the stability of our marriage.
Let’s ask God to give us the insight we need in these difficult times.